5 books not to miss: Harlan Coben’s ‘The Boy from the Woods,’ ‘The Mountains Sing'
In search of something good to read? USA TODAY's Barbara VanDenburgh scopes out the shelves for this week’s hottest new book releases.
1. “The Boy from the Woods,” by Harlan Coben (Grand Central, fiction, on sale March 17)
What it’s about: Wilde was found living feral in the woods as a child, having no memories of his past. Thirty years later, a child goes missing, and a criminal attorney reaches out to Wilde to use his unique skills to help find the missing girl.
The buzz: “Coben finds room for three climactic surprises, one of them a honey,” Kirkus Reviews says.
2. “Beheld,” by TaraShea Nesbit (Bloomsbury, fiction, on sale March 17)
What it’s about: The divided, Puritan-controlled colony at Plymouth is rocked by a stranger’s arrival in this gripping retelling of the colony’s first murder.
The buzz: “ ‘Beheld’ disrupts expectation to render the pulsing messy lives of those too often calcified in myth,” says a ★★★ (out of four) review for USA TODAY.
3. “The Mountains Sing,” by Que Mai Phan Nguyen (Algonquin, fiction, on sale March 17)
What it’s about: This multigenerational tale chronicles the Tran family as a Vietnamese woman visits Hanoi and reflects on the life lessons shared by her late grandmother.
The buzz: A starred review in Publishers Weekly calls it “lyrical, sweeping” and says, “This brilliant, unsparing love letter to Vietnam will move readers.”
4. “Darling Rose Gold,” by Stephanie Wrobel (Berkley, fiction, on sale March 17)
What it’s about: Rose Gold Watts was seriously ill for the first 18 years of her life. Or so she thought. Turns out, her mother, Patty, was just a really good liar with a bottle of ipecac syrup. Rose Gold’s testimony sent Patty to prison, but her mother wants to come home.
The buzz: “A taut tale that will keep you guessing until the very end,” Kirkus Reviews says.
5. “The Shape of Family,” by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (William Morrow, fiction, on sale March 17)
What it’s about: The tightknit Olander family is rocked by a sudden, devastating tragedy, and each member must grapple with the aftermath in this intimate study of grief.
The buzz: “A deft, patient portrait of grief,” Kirkus Reviews says.